WELCOME TO WINNIE'S: THE HEART OF MANAYUNK
Winnie Clowry grew up in the restaurant business watching her father, Joe Murphy, put great food on the table and a smile on every ones face. She joined the Le Bus Manayunk restaurant in 1994 where she met Chef John O’Brien. Realizing what an important institution the restaurant was to Manayunk, Winnie and her husband Bob bought the restaurant in 2003 and asked John to be the Executive Chef. “I knew I had the business savvy to operate the restaurant but the kitchen was a different story. Thankfully John accepted the position and helped us establish the fresh, healthy, and delicious menu we are now known for.” Winnie and Bob brought fresh ideas, new menu items, responsible management, and a keen desire to develop a relationship with the Manayunk Philadelphia community.
It was Bob’s idea to name the restaurant after Winnie. He knew how hard Winnie worked and thought she deserved the recognition. “I am a fixture here because it is absolutely essential for the owner to work hands-on, to keep the passion for good food and service alive.” Winnie found it unnerving at first because she hated her name growing up, but now is thankful for it. “I am the third Winnie, I’m named after my mom and my grandmother who is now long gone. I often say that I wished my grandmother was alive to see Winnie’s, she would be so proud.”
Family is still an important part of Winnie’s Manayunk with nieces, nephews, and extended family filling out the staff. Winnie’s staff all feel like family and are vital to the success of the restaurant. “We want people to feel welcome here, to be able to bring their families or friends to a friendly and comfortable establishment.”
A visit to Winnie’s offers an abundance of comfort food; the brunch is particularly popular. Portions are generous and the service, from bar to table, is welcoming. You can grab a complimentary newspaper at the bar and make yourself right at home in the heart of Manayunk.
MEET THE CHEF: SEAN WEBER-QUIGLEY
Sean Weber-Quigley was born here in Philadelphia and now resides close to the Manayunk neighborhood in Roxborough. Chef Sean has had a wide variety of experiences beginning in Ocean Grove, New Jersey at Nagels Apothecary Café. Shortly after, he made his way back to Philly working at Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse. Discovering his love for Italian Cuisine, Sean then decided to attend secondary school in Florence, Italy at the Apicius School of Hospitality. After receiving his Master’s degree he decided to soak up the Italian lifestyle by working locally at a restaurant in Florence called Gonzo! When he returned to the states he continued his career at Davios. We are now proud to call him Winnie’s Executive Chef bringing in new ideas for dishes since the day he walked through our doors. His creations are fresh, new, and absolutely delicious. In his free time Sean likes to spend time outdoors gardening and harvesting fresh veggies and herbs.